Sharp County Records

Marriage records indexes: none available

Marriage records: [1879 – 1968]
Marriage records consist of copies of original marriage bond, affidavit of application, certificate of marriage, and certificate of recording. Records show name, age, and residence of bride and groom, name of surety bondsman, date of ceremony, and name of person performing ceremony. If either party is under age, record may contain affidavit of consent from parent or guardian. Records usually filed chronologically by date of recording. Individual volumes may have internal indexes.

Will records: 1874 - 1967
Transcriptions of original wills filed with the probate court contain name of deceased (testator), names of heirs, and names of witnesses, proofs of will, names and oaths of subscribing witnesses, date of filing, and signature of clerk. In some cases, the record contains the date of death of the deceased. Volumes may contain internal indexes with name of deceased indexed by the first letter of last name.

Probate court records: 1880 - 1886
Records of proceedings in probate court show title of case, names of deceased, heirs, wards, guardians, administrator or executor, attorneys, trial date, finding of court, order of custody of person or property, motions, petitions, and pleadings. Filed chronologically by court date. Volumes may contain an internal index by the first letter of the last name of the deceased, administrator, or ward.

Probate bonds and letters: [1880 - 1919]
Records of administrator’s, guardian’s, or executor’s bonds and letters filed in probate court guaranteeing faithful performance of official duties contain name of deceased, date of death, name of administrator, guardian, or executor, as well as names of bondsmen/sureties, minors, date executed, and certificate of record. Also may contain information on accounts current and case docket information. Volume may contain an internal index with names indexed by the first letter of the last name of the deceased.

Deed records indexes: none available

Deed records: 1873 - 1892
Record of deeds and other instruments executed to convey title or mortgage property may also contain affidavits, court decrees, slave sales, manumission records, homestead certificates, marriage records and contracts, land redemption records, liens, chattel mortgages, official bonds and appointments, articles of incorporation or association, and land plats. Records filed more or less chronologically. Books may have internal index by name of grantee and grantor.

Early tax records: none available

Personal property tax records: none available

Real estate tax records: 1876, 1880, 1890
Records of urban and rural real estate assessment and payment, showing name of owner, description of property, assessed value, township name, or school district number, amount of taxes assessed or paid, amount delinquent, etc. Arranged by legal description, section, township, and range, lot or block number. Records are more or less in chronological order.

County court records: 1873 - 1881
Records of proceedings of county court (also known as the quorum court) in matters concerning the construction of roads, bridges, and public buildings, purchase and sale of county property, appointment of election officers, formation of school district and townships, payment for inquests, and allowance of claims against county also contain petitions, lists of delinquent taxpayers, and names of road overseers. Entries show dates of court session, names of justices present, and names of parties to the proceedings. Filed chronologically by date of session. Some volumes may be indexed by subject or the first letter of the last name of participant.

Circuit court records: 1873 - 1885
Records of proceedings of criminal cases tried in circuit court show dates of term of court, names of court officers, trial date, offenses charged, names of litigants, names of grand and petit jurymen, and court orders. Arranged chronologically by date of court session.

Chancery court records: 1873 - 1960
The chancery or equity court has jurisdiction over disputes between individuals or between individuals and entities such as businesses rather than over matters of the breach of law. Deals with divorce, alimony, custody of minors, personal debt, foreclosures, disputes concerning estates, property, and contracts. Records contain names of plaintiffs, defendants, witnesses, lawyers, as well as verdicts, judgments, and court orders. Arranged chronologically by court date. Volumes may contain an internal index by first letter of the last name of plaintiff and defendant.

J. P. dockets: 1879 – 1888, 1903 - 1950
Minutes of proceedings of minor civil and criminal cases tried before a justice of the peace contain names of the justice, plaintiffs, defendants, and attorneys, trial dates, and court orders. Usually not indexed.

Confederate pension papers: n. d.
Applications for Arkansas Confederate pensions show names and addresses of pensioners approved, lists of checks receipted and dispersed, dates of death of pensioners, names of next of kin, etc. Indexed by the first letter of surname of pensioner.

County surveyor’s records: 1887 - 1894
Records created by the county surveyor, contains land plats, legal descriptions, names of parties, dower claims, etc.

Miscellaneous County Records